1825 - 1896
In 1855, Charles Wallace lived at
later to become the site of the
General Post Office
at the East End of Princes Street. He is reported to have been a
journeyman joiner. His profession was listed as joiner on the birth
certificate of his son, Thomas.
The first reference found to Charles Wallace photographer was
on the birth certificate of his daughter, Charlotte, in 1859. His
address at that time was
Canonmills (about a mile to the north of the centre of Edinburgh). [John
J Hadden, gt.gt. grandson of Charles Wallace]
Charles Wallace appeared in the Edinburgh Trade Directories as
a professional photographer, based at 126a Causewayside, 1876-77.
He was the father of the photographer, Thomas Wallace, who opened his own
studio in Dalkeith, about seven miles to the south-west of Edinburgh.
[Stephen Wallace Murray]
Several members of the Wallace family
were photographers, but Charles is the only one I have found who appears to have
had an Edinburgh studio.
Was Charles Wallace, professional photographer,
Causewayside, Edinburgh [1876-77] the same
appeared in the 1881 Census above?
Yes. There were no other Charles Wallaces in Edinburgh around that
time, so Charles Wallace in the 1881 census appears to be the same man as
Charles Wallace, the photographer in the Edinburgh Trade Directory.
I have also received a message from John Hadden, g-g-grandson
of Chares Wallace who has a couple of photos by Charles Wallace of 126a
Was Charles Wallace related to
Photographer's Assistant aged 56, who
appeared in the 1881 census, residing at 17 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh?
There is evidence that there was no close relationship between
Charles Wallace and the Photographic Assistant, Mary Wallace. Thank you to
John Hadden for checking the census records and for providing the following
supporting evidence for this conclusion.
"Charles Wallace had a sister named Mary. She was born
in Leith on 19 July, 1807 and so would have been aged ~74. at the time of the 1881 census
The Photographic Assistant living at 17 West Richmond Street
in 1881 was then aged 34. She lived with her
widowed mother Ann (who was a Ladies Nurse). They both still lived at the same
address in the 1891 census, with Mary's occupation still Photographic Assistant,
but her mother (who was 77 in 1891) must be retired by then.
Her mother died at that same address in 1894 and, on her death
cert, her late husband's name was William Wallace (commercial clerk), Mary's
Now, Charles didn't have a brother William, so if Mary Wallace
is related to Charles Wallace, it is a relationship further separated than
[John J Hadden]